Centre-assisted projects progressing as scheduled: DVS

Union Minister for Statistics and Programme Implementation D V Sadananda Gowda claimed on Monday that a majority of the Centre-assisted infrastructure projects in Karnataka are progressing as scheduled.

“Except for delay in four projects related to upgrading of national highways, the progress of almost all the projects is satisfactory. A total of 44 projects worth Rs 91,829 crore have been taken up in the state,” he told reporters after reviewing the status of these projects.

He said steps will be taken to re-tender road projects that have failed to take off so far. A project proposed to upgrade Hoskote-Dobbspet NH 207 stretch is among the road projects that will be re-tendered. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has already recommended to the government to terminate the existing project contractor, he added.

He said he has been monitoring the implementation of 1,169 infrastructure projects worth over Rs 14,47,94 crore in the country.

Among them, 331 projects have suffered time overrun. The cost escalation because of delay in implementation is estimated to be 11.62% of the total cost, he explained.

All projects worth over Rs 150 crore are being monitored, he added. Minister Infrastructure Development R V Deshpande and Bengaluru Development Minister K J George also attended the meeting.
DH News Service

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